We're taking a day off, letting our aching muscles recover from a long day yesterday. Tomorrow, we start our three day tour at the temples of Angkor. In the meantime, we're checking out the city on our unloaded bikes.
I can already tell that Siem Reap is going to be hard on our budget; there is so much good food here! This morning we splurge on some breakfast pancakes and iced coffee at a nice place. Sitting at this little cafe in rattan chairs, watching the world go by, I can't put my finger on why, but I feel like we've time traveled back to the 1950s.
Just down the road at the Psar Chaa, or Old Market, we have an atmospheric walk through the stalls. Crooning, sing-song voices call from every direction, greeting us and every person that passes by with "Hello suhhh!", "Hello lady!" and "You want to buy somesing?"
As I sit listening to the incomprehensible voices around me, comfortable in the cool night air, I am filled with the sensation of being very, very far from home. Leaning back to soak the experience in, I feel privileged to be here, with these radiant, friendly people.
I am the luckiest person alive.